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Oklahoma County commissioner Ray Vaughn wins fourth term

BY BRYAN DEAN Modified: January 5, 2010 at 4:39 am •  Published: January 5, 2010
Ray Vaughn won an unusual fourth consecutive term Monday to serve as chairman of the Oklahoma County commissioners.

The job typically is passed between the county’s three commissioners, but the board voted unanimously to retain Vaughn, who represents District 3, as chairman, and keep District 1 Commissioner Willa Johnson as vice chairwoman.

The commissioners’ chairman takes the lead in dealing with county departments and in dealing with many of the issues county commissioners face, such as the continued problems at the Oklahoma County jail.

Johnson was expected to be in line for the top job, but she made the motion to let Vaughn continue another year. District 2 Commissioner Brian Maughan is the county’s newest commissioner and voted in favor of the motion.

Johnson said she has enough on her plate as chairwoman of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, her work with many other nonprofits and with a re-election campaign.

Both Johnson and Vaughn are up for re-election this year.

Commissioners also decided Vaughn should do the job again because he has led the county’s efforts to fix problems at the Oklahoma County jail since a critical U.S. Justice Department report was released in 2008.